TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Johnson Co. District Attorney's Office has charged a Lawrence Police Officer for an officer involved shooting in May.
Officials say May 29th, Officer Ian McCann was participating in a special seatbelt enforcement initiative and stopped Akira Lewis for a seatbelt offense in the 100 block of W. 6th Street. Lewis refused to produce his I.D.After about three minutes, McCann requested more assistance and repeatedly told Lewis he would be arrested if he did not cooperate.
About a minute and a half later, Officer Brindley Blood arrived on the scene and took a spot on the passenger's side of Lewis' car. Officials say Officer McCann attempted to place Lewis under arrested by opening the driver's door and removing him from the SUV. Lewis allegedly left the car and started battering Officer McCann. As Officer Blood tried to intervene, her gun went off, striking Lewis.
The Johnson Co. Attorney's Office reviewed the situation and charged Lewis with battery against a law enforcement officer, interference with law enforcement, no proof of insurance and failure to wear a seatbelt.
Officer Blood has been charged with reckless aggravated battery for the shooting of Lewis.
Lewis will appear in court Sept. 26th. Officer Blood will appear Sept. 27th.
The Lawrence Police Dept. says the shooting is being investigated by the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office. Lawrence Police are starting an internal review to determine if any department polices were violated during the traffic stop. As of now, there is not set time for when the review will be complete.